nzipsi
31London, United Kingdom
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My self-summary
I'm a gamer, a programmer, a weight-lifter, a traveller, a reader, a liberal, and a Kiwi (that's someone from New Zealand, not a small, flightless bird - not yet, anyway).

I've been in London for a couple of years or so now, living and working. I moved from New Zealand looking for a new job - figured that if I was going to look outside my current city, I might as well look anywhere in the world. And now here I am, on practically the other side of the planet!

It's a hell of a change compared to a tiny city in New Zealand, but it's been fantastic so far - better travel opportunities, more choice for *everything*, superior public transport, etc. There are a lot of more people - still not convinced if that’s better or worse.

I like cats and dogs both (and other animals!), but dogs are more fun, albeit more work too...
What I’m doing with my life
I work at a tech company, doing technical things (and consulting things) from 9-6. 9 in the morning feels too early most days, but at least they give us a solid breakfast. Unlike a lot of tech jobs, this one does *not* follow me home, unless I get *really* bored.

It's fun, it's something I'm really good at, it pays well, all my colleagues are amazing - it would be tough to find a better job!

Have travelled a fair bit since I've been in London - been to Spain, France, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, and Norway so far, plus a bit of time up in Scotland. Though it's somewhat complicated by the fact that I *really* like sleep, while tourist places are mostly 9-5 😭

In the past, I have also been to New Zealand (duh!), Australia, and China.

Otherwise: looking to make new friends in London; See the city, followed by the country, then Europe, and then the WORLD! Ahem; Playing video games/board games/etc - all the nerdy pursuits; A bit of programming on the side (yes, I do enjoy it enough to do it for fun!)

Also a lot of reflection on my health and fitness (or lack thereof), and what I can do to improve it.

Oh, and secretly building my moon base at the weekends.
I’m really good at
Computers - be it programming, video games, or unusual technical glitches.

Sending well-spelled, grammatically correct texts even when too drunk to stand.

Making people laugh.

Lifting heavy things.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I read a bit, watch movies and T.V. shows occasionally, and play a few games now and then. I don't tend to focus exclusively (or even heavily) on one, simply because there's way too much good stuff out there.

Books Prefer humorous / satirical Fantasy - e.g. Pratchett. Also a fan of Urban Fantasy, such as the Dresden Files. Other authors I like are Mike Carey (Felix Castor series), Robin Hobb, George R. R. Martin, Philip Pullman, Simon R. Green, Terry Brooks.

These days I tend to read mostly to turn my brain off, so I tend a bit more towards what is basically literary popcorn, rather than serious, heavy works.

I don't dislike Sci-Fi, but for some reason I don't read too much of it. Maybe it's because we're already living in the future?

Crime / Mystery / Thrillers are generally not my thing. Romance is really not my thing.

Movies / T.V. Action / Comdey / Dramas. e.g. The Avengers, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Supernatural, Carnivale, 300, Buffy: the Vampire Slayer, Rome, Hustle, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Boston Legal, Blade, Monsters Inc., etc.

Not a big fan of horror - find I get too twitchy afterwards. And no Rom-Coms. Just No.

Music Trance, Rock, Metal - pretty much anything that's fast. Slow / relaxing music is good occasionally, if I really need to relax.

Other Stuff Enjoy RPGs (both computer and table-top), and computer gaming in general.
Six things I could never do without
* Gadgets - I have a lot. If I didn't have them, I'd spend all my time panicking that I'd lost them.
* Internet - every time I have to go without it for even an hour or two, I realise how much of my life revolves around this.
* Humor - the best way to cope with anything.
* Contact lenses - travelling without them is *the worst*
* Other People - I am definitely not cut out to be a full-on hermit.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Do I trim the beard, or grow it out until I'm more beard than man?

How did I get to be the person I am today?

How do I become the person I want to be without losing all that I like about myself?
On a typical Friday night I am
I am typically fiddling around on the internet, gaming, or hanging out with friends. Occasionally engaging with drinks with the folks at work.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Sorry, nothing that's going on a (semi-) public site.
You should message me if
You're a person, not a bot - sorry robots, you still fail the Turing test.

You're intrigued (or at least not outright horrified) by the fact that I'm an incredible nerd.

You need that second person to play co-op games with.
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